Management of the Double-eyed or Red-browed fig parrot Cyclopsitta diophthalma macleayana at Currumbin Sanctuary, Queensland



The Double-eyed fig parrot Cyclopsitta diophthalma has three subspecies in Australia which occur in isolated populations. Since 1987 Currumbin Sanctuary has been involved in a breeding programme for the Red-browed fig parrot Cyclopsitta diophthalma macleayana, to develop techniques which might be applied for the management of the highly threatened Coxen's fig parrot Cyclopsitta diophthalma coxeni should the subspecies come into captivity in the future. The aim of the programme is primarily to produce parent-reared offspring, which would be most suited to reintroduction, but the work also involves egg-fostering trials and cross-fostering of chicks. The results of the breeding programme, the problems encountered and additional conservation work carried out by Currumbin Sanctuary are described.